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Annie Nightingale

Wild Women Survival Challenge

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My story

[p]Update, September 2018 - It’s been a long 15 weeks since I broke my ankle and it’s had a huge impact on my planned training but my physio has agreed this week I have enough strength and movement in my ankle to still do the challenge (phew!) She has been clear that it won’t be easy and will hurt but as long as I’m sensible I should be ok. So I have less than 30 days left to get some training in! [/p][p]Update, June 2018 - As some of you know I’ve had a little hiccup in my training as I recently broke my ankle and leg. I’ve been screwed back together and I am trying my best to rest so it’s all good. [/p][p]I have spoken to my consultant and he doesn’t see that this injury will prevent me taking part in the challenge which is a huge relief.[/p][p][br][/p][p]At the end of October I am taking on a three day expedition across Snowdonia with a bunch of the strongest women I know. We will be wild camping, abseiling, kayaking and surviving whatever the welsh rockies have to chuck at us, all with the aim of raising a big pile of cash for the wonderful Pregnancy Sickness Support charity.[/p][p]We will be doing this expedition with the support of the hugely inspirational [url=http://meganhine.com/]Megan Hine[/url]. Megan is one of the team who keep Bear Grylls safe, so I’m feeling pretty confident I will live to tell the tale on this one. However, my husband is increasing my life insurance policy...[/p][p]Anyone who knows me will know how alien and far removed from me this kind of activity is. I don’t do camping, I barely do glamping. I hate getting wet, I love my home comforts and I am all about what I’m going to eat next. So surviving on expedition foods, sleeping in the elements (and creepy crawlies) with just a sleeping bag and tarp for comfort and getting up close and personal with a SheWee is going to be a huge challenge.[/p][p]But...I’ve survived Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) twice so I am probably stronger than I realise. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.[/p][p]My pregnancies were the toughest times I’ve ever experienced. I have never felt so unwell, alone and utterly broken. In both pregnancies symptoms started around 4 weeks and lasted until 30 weeks in my first and all the way until birth in my second. I was being sick around 40 times a day, I couldn’t swallow my own saliva with out bringing it back up, I tore my oesophagus and regularly vomited blood, I was bed bound for months and in and out of hospital for rehydration. I was on medication throughout both pregnancies and although this reduced the vomiting, the nausea and headaches were always there... 24/7. Aside from all the physical symptoms, HG also impacts your mental wellbeing. I can recall points in both pregnancies were I hit my lowest and would have given absolutely anything for it all to stop. That’s one of the hardest things to feel when you know what is making you feel like this is the thing you want the most. [/p][p]I’m am so lucky to be blessed with two beautiful boys but my goodness, those 18 months of feeling like that pushed me to my limit. I’m finished having babies and the main reason for this is I can’t put myself or my family through another nine months of hell. But I want to do everything I can to make sure other sufferers and future generations get the invaluable support and guidance that I got.[/p][p]I know there are so many wonderful charities in need of help and support but this one is especially close to my heart. Please spare what you can and help me make a difference to future sufferers.[/p][p]Annie x[/p]
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30-Oct-2018

Claire Matt and Girls

Well done Annie! Great achievement! X

£10.00

28-Oct-2018

Anonymous

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28-Oct-2018

Judy Price @Barking4walkies

Well done. Such a great cause to raise funds for.

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

26-Oct-2018

Anonymous

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26-Oct-2018

Anonymous

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26-Oct-2018

Gavin

What a great challenge Annie! And, an amazing adventure - enjoy the views and good luck. Most of all, enjoy!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

26-Oct-2018

Nat tittensor

Best of luck lovely lady!! You’ve got this. Love Nat, Alex and Harrison

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25-Oct-2018

Sharon

Good luck Annie, we will be thinking of you! Lots of love, Sharon, Jon and Luke xxx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

25-Oct-2018

Margaret

Women with HG are hardcore but you look like you’re taking it to a new level. Have a great time with all the lovely PSS ladies, I’ll be with you all in spirit.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

25-Oct-2018

Emma S

Go Annie!!! You can do this! X

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid